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Three things including my refugee centre trip

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hiya sparkworld!

Thing 1: My motivation is on holiday already. Damn. Must go to the gym tomorrow! I have so many assignments to do, it is hard to drag myself away to the gym!

Thing 2: Person: "What are you doing this weekend/these holidays?" Me: "Oh I'm going to Raro on Friday" Person: "Luuuuuuuuccccccccckkkkky"

Not lucky. Lucky would be winning a trip to Raro. I am going on holiday because I worked hard to afford it and made the funds available. No luck is involved at all, and I hate it when people say that. It makes me feel bad for taking this holiday that I have earned. I already have huge guilt when I do things for myself, since I am a perfectionist and never really feel that I have earned a reward, and this just makes me feel bad. So there.

Thing 3: I went to the refugee centre today. A very interesting experience, to see where 750 people come every year to start their new lives in New Zealand. It is partially funded by my university, so I was able to visit with my semester group. A few facts for you:

- New Zealand has a refugee quota of 750 per year. This is the 5th highest amount per capita
- The USA takes over 700000. Canada has no set quota
- Only 20 countries in the world take refugees
- There are over 40 million refugees and deplaced people worldwide
- People can spend most of their lives in refugee camps and some will never be placed
- Once in New Zealand, the refugees spend 6 weeks at the refugee centre learning to speak English and to live in New Zealand. Some have never walked up stairs before, or used an escalator, or a pen, or a light switch. They are heavily supported to learn these things that we all take for granted.

I hope you learned something interesting!

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PUFFPASTRY 6/22/2011 3:49AM

    Oh, I am a dork -- I totally meant East Africa, not West. Duh. I get that folks from similar countries/clans/tribes would congregate together, BUT: those poor Somalis could not pick a more DISSIMILAR climate from their own to gather in -- they moved from DESERT to FROZEN TUNDRA, and most of them did NOT adjust their wardrobes! It's sort of horrifying to see the gorgeous, zero-body-fat women riding the bus in January in their wee little sandals and sheer flowy robes, layered as best they can, yet still completely impotent against the sub-zero temperatures...some Minneapolis company should start making PolarTec burquas -- THAT would fill a need! :)

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PUFFPASTRY 6/21/2011 4:36PM

    I think most of those US refugees are in Minnesota!
No, but seriously: we have the highest population of West Africans outside of West Africa (Somali, Ethiopian, Oromo, Eritrian, Kenyan). We also have, I think, the second-highest Hmong immigrant population, after California.

What nationalities are the refugees that NZ gets?

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CARLA-216 6/21/2011 2:33PM

    Thing 1: if you can't get to the gym, focus on eating healthy-healthy!

Thing 2: I hear ya on the "lucky" comment. We make most of our so-called luck, and chance, ie. luck, has virtually nothing to do with it. Great analogy, that lucky would be winning a trip!

Thing 3: Very interesting about NZ's refugee center. I really love how refugees are taught basic things, being taught English especially! Awesome!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/21/2011 5:59AM

    Sounds like an interesting experience!
Hope you enjoy your EARNED trip!

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Progress? Pics

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I didn't take before pics this time. I always take before pics, and I never need them because I give up or fall off the wagon. So my most recent before photo is from 8 months ago! I guess it is still a before photo...way before!

Before (8 months ago!)


Today (side)

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CARLA-216 6/16/2011 1:36PM

    Looking good! Keep it up!

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TINKSMOM1 6/16/2011 7:14AM

    Keep up the good work! Looking good!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 6/16/2011 5:03AM

    Stay the course!

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40ISHHUBBY 6/16/2011 2:05AM

    Keep it going. I started at 250 I'm down to 220 I need to post some recent pics. It helps to motivate.

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Feeling slightly better

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

emoticon Today was another day of hot cold hot cold. I had my wool jacket on and off all day. I feel like a menopausal woman.

emoticon Apart from only having 5 hours of sleep last night I am feeling OK. I skipped my class tonight because, well, I didn't feel like it. Listen to your body and rest etc.

emoticon I was really not hungry today but I am starving tonight. I have had dinner and I will grab a snack after I post this.

emoticon I got my new digital camera in the mail today. I will take progress pics in the morning and post them tomorrow night. I hope you can see a difference!!!

emoticon I weighed myself this morning, just for giggles. Still at 83.5kg, which means I have maintained my 3kg loss for about a million years. Loose, maintain, just don't gain?!

Back to the gym tomorrow night for a spin class! Wish me luck!

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CARLA-216 6/15/2011 9:23AM

    Hope you're feeling all better today and can get to the spin class!

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Head: Aches

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oh, my head.

It all started at lunchtime. I was in the staffroom and BOOM headache. Got through my afternoon lesson, but had to take my jumper because I was burning up! During my afternoon planning with my associate I was zoning in and out and all I could think about was how hot it was. My face was hot and I was sitting in an unheated classroom in the middle of winter in a tshirt and jeans. I have no idea what I have to do tomorrow because I just couldn't focus. I mainly made it up as I went along, and I hope it is what I was supposed to do.

I got home and went straight to bed and Sex and the City Season 5. I didn't really sleep, just dozed and rested. Some healing chinese for dinner and in bed by 8pm. But I couldn't sleep, so here I am. Blogging about how crap I feel.

I hope I feel better tomorrow. I really don't have time to be sick, I have so much to do. Mind you, I would rather be sick now then in 10 days when I am on holiday!

Argh, so much to do in so little time! Get sick, get well, 2 assignments and my portfolio, going to the gym, going to school and work. My list keeps on growing!

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CARLA-216 6/14/2011 9:52AM

    Feel better! You may want to not push it at the gym if you're not feeling well...give your body a chance to heal.

Take good care!

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JILLTBNAGART 6/14/2011 9:50AM

    I hope you feel better quickly.

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LEKLOV 6/14/2011 7:50AM

  I hope you feel better soon and that it doesn't ruin your holiday!

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Dragged my ass to the gym

Monday, June 13, 2011

I didn't want to go. Like REALLY didn't want to go. I'm tired, feel a cold coming on and had a bad day at school. But I had to go and pay for my spinning (Tues and Thurs). Once I was there I just got changed and made myself go to the class. I was literally falling asleep beforehand, and I didn't have a great workout, but I had a workout and that is better than nothing!

I paid for my spinning for the week (it is $2 per time on top of the membership) so I am commited to those workouts. No one likes loosing money, even if it is only $2!

My friend cancelled on me for water walking on Wednesday night. No biggie, I'll live. Next week!

Eating today was quite good. I had a few lollies (candy, sweets) at lunchtime because I was dragging. I needed the sugar rush! I also had some sorbet for dessert. But overall I am pleased.

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PUFFPASTRY 6/21/2011 4:16PM

    LOL -- I laugh because yesterday I, too, was LITERALLY falling asleep before I worked out. I could have put my head down on the sidewalk and SLEPT THERE instead of moving my feet in a forward, alternating motion. I'm amazed that I somehow fought the desire to conk out and did indeed get a workout in . Go us!! emoticon

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CARLA-216 6/13/2011 1:57PM

    Rock on going to the gym and working out even when you didn't really want to. Hope the cold decides to take a hike!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 6/13/2011 6:44AM

    Glad you got to the gym! That time of the year I suppose. My work outs have been lacking also! Getting back into the groove today though! Feeling much better!
Enjoy your day!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/13/2011 6:04AM

    Glad you got your workout in! We all have days like this!

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BEANPOD77 6/13/2011 5:58AM

    Great job Jess..Working out even when you were struggling! Kudos to you..hope you can fight that cold off..Have a good week emoticon

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__IZZA__ 6/13/2011 5:48AM

    emoticon with still going to the gym even though you didn't feel like it.

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